Harry R. Jacobson, M.D., Co-founder & Partner
Harry R. Jacobson, M.D.
Prior to co-founding TriStar, Dr. Jacobson was Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University and the CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).
consists of a medical school, nursing school and a healthcare system.
During Dr. Jacobson's
11+ year tenure, VUMC revenues grew from $750 million to $2.5 billion, its Federally-funded
(NIH) research program moved from 24th to the top 10 in the country, it opened over $1 billion of newly constructed facilities, it was recognized as a "most-wired" hospital as well as a U. S. News
and World Report honor-roll hospital, and, most recently, as a Fortune 100 top place to work.
Dr. Jacobson has been a successful investor and entrepreneur having founded or co-founded ten companies.
In addition, in his
role at VUMC he
participated in the oversight of technology transfer operations which resulted in the creation of over 30 companies.
Notable co-founded companies include Contact Software (the developer of Act!, the world's leading contact management software), acquired by Symantec
(SYMC:NASDAQ); Renal Care Group
(RCG:NYSE), a leading dialysis service company, acquired recently by Fresenius
(FMS:NYSE); Ambulatory Services of America (currently privately held), a diversified outpatient ancillary services provider, currently providing dialysis and radiation oncology services; CeloNova Biosciences
, a medical device company with 2 CE-approved and IFDA-approved products (coronary stent and embolic microspheres).
Dr. Jacobson has been both a formal and informal advisor to several venture and private equity funds.
Currently he serves on the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries, as well as Diabetes Care Group, which is one of TriStar's portfolio companies.
He was also recently named Chairman of the Board of Artemis (formerly digiChart, Inc.). In 2002 he was named the Ernst and Young Southeast Entrepreneur of the Year and was recently ranked No. 35 on Modern Physician's ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Physician Executives in Healthcare.